Performance Anomalies

Performance Anomalies

by Victor Robert Lee

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Performance Anomalies by Victor Robert Lee

Victor Robert Lee’s provocative spy thriller introduces a protagonist to rival the most memorable espionage heroes. Cono 7Q is a startling young man of mixed and haunting heritage who has been gifted – or cursed – with a hyper-fast neurological system. An orphan and a loner, he acts as a freelance spy, happy to use his strange talents in the service of dubious organizations and governments – until, in Kazakhstan, on a personal mission to rescue a former lover, he is sucked into a deadly maelstrom of betrayal that forces him to question all notions of friendship and allegiance. Relevant to our times, PERFORMANCE ANOMALIES tracks the expansion of Beijing’s imperial reach into Central Asia, and the takeover of Kazakhstan. Cono’s main adversary is a brutal Beijing agent whose personality has been twisted by the Cultural Revolution’s devastation of his family. Victor Robert Lee’s topical depiction of a Beijing government pursuing territorial expansion mirrors current tensions over China’s claims on the entire South China Sea. PERFORMANCE ANOMALIES travels from Brazil and Stanford to Almaty and the Tian Shan mountains, covering a jarring emotional landscape along the way. The fate of an oil-rich nation the size of Western Europe is at stake. So, too, is a hidden stockpile of weapons-grade uranium. The Beijing agent craves Cono's suffering; a jihadi cell wants him dead. As the human cost of his mission escalates, Cono realizes that he must turn his strange talents toward higher deeds in the future – if by his guile he can survive the explosive present.

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ISBN-13: 9781938409219
Publisher: Perimeter Six
Publication date: 06/02/2012
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Performance Anomalies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
CONO is the perfect wheeler and dealer. He's a loner who's got several girls he cares for but no attachments stopping him from globe-trotting to each new, dangerous job. The story begins when he gets an early morning telephone call in Istanbul, Turkey, that a woman, Xiao Lin, is being held captive in Kazakhstan. He sets out to rescue her, only to be sucked into a business deal that will involve bidders for oil-rich Kazakhstan. Xiao Lin is kidnapped again, to make sure he doesn't back out of the deal and to assure he will be successful. He knows there's something way out of the ordinary about this job but his feelings for Xiao Lin keep him proceeding according to the plans he's been given. There's plenty of blood, guts and gore for the addicted spy thriller fans and an added piece to the mystery that involves getting uranium for nuclear weapons. As the story develops, CONO makes plenty of enemies, including the Chinese who will do anything to get what they want and a jihadist whose mission and goals CONO understands but is not willing to assist. What CONO sees as just a business deal for money is to others power that is far-reaching beyond oil-rich fields. The reader has to be sharp with the number of names and places that appear without a moment's notice in this fast-paced thriller, but it's well worth the effort. Performance Anomalies is a roller-coaster ride through a relatively unknown part of the world to most Westerners but it is all the more real because it bears so much factual basis that could just be happening today or in the near future. CONO is a cool, highly skilled dealer and killer when he has to be who does the job so well that the political future of Kazakhstan changes because of his action. Neatly done, Victor Robert Lee!
AnjaliVS More than 1 year ago
My cousin got this book from Goodreads, and she gave it to me. I'm in computer science (mostly php), and she thought "Performance Anomalies" might have a computer meaning, which it turns out it does, but in the story the term performance anomalies means the strange and special abilities that this spy Cono has. These abilities (and some related weaknesses) come from a different kind of code than what I deal with-- meaning genetic code. Cono has some genetic differences from other humans, and these give account for an acceleration of his nervous/brain system. The genes involved are on chromosome number 7, that's why the doctors at stanford uni called him CONO 7Q. The way the author writes it, it all sounds believable. And I guess there is so much happening with genes these days that maybe somebody is out there who really is like him, sort of, and just hasn't been discovered yet. There is a lot more to the story than genes and neuro, though, and the way the science is tied to a bigger theme reminds me of Michael Crichton. Margaret Atwood is also really good at using science and what might happen with scientific research. In this book, there is the espionage world Cono lives in, his history as a very poor boy in Brazil, the wild goings on in Kazakhstan with his buddy who is now the head of the BUREAU (like KGB) in Almaty, a sexy woman agent for the CIA from Ukraine, the tough but loveable Xiao Li (Cono's lifelong friend and former girlfriend), the disturbed Chinese secret service guy, the geopolitics of China expanding and taking over other parts of the world, and best of all the weird personality of the hero called Cono. All these concepts and pieces and personalities make for a lot to keep in your mind at the same time, which is why I think this book is best for intelligent readers. (I'm not counting myself because i'm sure there is a lot I missed.) I wish I could have spent more time in the story with the Chinese lady named Xiao Li, who also has quite a different kind of way of thinking and is a little bit nasty to others and foul-mouthed. But I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the ending. Truly enjoyable and smart book. T
MurphyMurphy More than 1 year ago
Performance Anomalies is presented as a spy novel, but it is intelligent fiction that defies categorization. On the one hand there is the swiftly moving story of Cono, the freelance spy, as he takes on a mission in Kazakhstan that soon spins wildly out of control, and on the other hand we get a series of hints, through flashbacks and/or dream sequences, of his bizarre but strangely realistic childhood, starting with surfing as an impoverished child on the beaches of Brazil. There are several other characters in the story, at least two too many, but they all leave a sharp impression. And then there is the writing. Xiao Li, the tough and beautiful woman whom Cono must try to save, was abandoned by her mother when she was thirteen. "And yet Xiao Li always spoke of her mother as if her image were mounted in a red-and-gold picture frame resting on a shrine in the corner of a tidy house, to be venerated and pleased at all times, like a deceased ancestor ever-present and scrutinizing her progeny."
MartaGS More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me this for summer vacation-- for action, adventure, and exotic places. It was action-packed, but it was also packed with ideas and inspirations. What a weird "spy novel". The main character, Cono, is weird like the book, but I'm still thinking about him. His brain is a bit loco, but mostly in a good way, reacting to the world in a way no one else can. In the book the supposed reason is his strange genetical background, but I think it may be because of his early life in South America, so primitive, living in the forest. Well anyway, I hope I see this spy hero some more. I'll miss him.
ToriSinging More than 1 year ago
If Modesty Blaise meets Cono, watch out! Put them on the screen and I won't be able to switch off!
Midwesterner2 More than 1 year ago
Top-notch novel with spy angle and a cutting-edge science angle. Also, I've never been to Kazakhstan, but I feel like I know it now thanks to this book. And I want to go there for a visit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant story, very fine writing. I'd give it 5 stars except that I wanted more background on some of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very memorable story about "Cono", a new spy hero. He is partly Chinese and also Brazilian, Italian, Gypsy, Russian and something else.  He is a freelance spy whose opponents are a Chinese intelligence agent and Cono's own friend, who now is top dog at the Kazakhstan KGB.  The women in the story are Xiao Li, an ex of Cono's who is tough and sexy, and conniving Katerina who works for the CIA in Almaty, Kazakhstan, but isn't happy with her employers. As you might guess, lots of sexual triangle goings on happen in addition to the spy stuff. "Cono" is an orphan, still dealing with his tough upbringing, even while he's trying to stop some very realistic evils.Lots of surprises along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plotting, unexpected turns, memorable lead hero-type, even some artful writing. And Kazakhstan is a character all on its own too.
TClegg More than 1 year ago
Brilliant story and the first time I have seen micro expressions in a novel. The spy character is a natural for the movies.
NewarkFan More than 1 year ago
A first-rate and refreshingly different novel / thriller? / spy story? / enigma? Wanting more...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gonzo story like a roller coaster and liked the characters